APRA releases superannuation statistics for December 2019

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released its Quarterly Superannuation Performance publication and the Quarterly MySuper Statistics report for the December 2019 quarter.

Key statistics for the superannuation industry as at 31 December 2019:

December 2018

December 2019


Total superannuation assets

$2,611.8 billion

$2,951.5 billion


Total APRA-regulated assets

$1,736.4 billion

$2,004.7 billion


Of which: total assets in MySuper products

$670.8 billion

$802.1 billion


Total self-managed super fund assets

$686.2 billion

$739.7 billion


Exempt public sector superannuation schemes assets

$137.1 billion

$152.4 billion


Balance of life office statutory fund assets

$52.1 billion

$54.7 billion


Over the December 2019 quarter, there was an increase of 1.0 per cent in total superannuation assets, comprising an increase of 1.8 per cent in APRA-regulated assets and an increase of 1.0 per cent in exempt public sector superannuation schemes assets, offset by a decrease of 0.1 per cent in self-managed super fund assets. Total benefit payments included amounts transferred to the Australian Tax Office as inactive low balance accounts.

Key statistics for entities with more than four members for the year ended 31 December 2019:

December 2018

December 2019


Total contributions

$112.3 billion

$119.1 billion


Total benefit payments

$73.6 billion

$83.0 billion


Net contribution flows

$36.8 billion

$40.0 billion


Copies of the publications are available on APRA’s website at: Quarterly superannuation statistics.

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is the prudential regulator of the financial services industry. It oversees banks, credit unions, building societies, general insurance and reinsurance companies, life insurance, private health insurers, friendly societies, and most members of the superannuation industry. APRA currently supervises institutions holding approximately $6 trillion in assets for Australian depositors, policyholders and superannuation fund members.

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